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1 Choosing the right camera… Tips learned while shopping for my first DSLR Presentation by Vicki Wassenhove

2 Which one should you buy?

3 Consider your intended use… Digital SLR cameras give you more quality, versatility, and control for fast moving sports or wildlife, shooting in low light, or portraits with a soft background. Smaller models offer the convenience of size and portability. The results are still sharp and colorful with little effort.

4 Which size/type is best for you? Mini pocket Mini pocket Point and Shoot Point and Shoot Compact & 4/3 Compact & 4/3 DSLR “crop” DSLR “crop” Full frame Full frame Find one that best suits your own needs and style. Some people buy two!

5 Consider your budget Point and Shoot - $100-$200 Point and Shoot - $100-$200 Compact or “mini-DSLR - $ Compact or “mini-DSLR - $ “Entry level” DSLR - $500 or more, body only. “Entry level” DSLR - $500 or more, body only. “Full frame” professional quality - $1500 and up, body only. (Prices are rough estimations.) “Full frame” professional quality - $1500 and up, body only. (Prices are rough estimations.)

6 Brands Most popular: Nikon and Canon Most popular: Nikon and Canon Others? Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, Fujifilm and more Others? Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, Fujifilm and more Are you committed to a certain brand because of lenses or equipment already owned? Some of them might be reused with a new camera, but you may miss the improved technology available today.

7 Models and features Consider YOUR needs again! Is ease of use important to you? Is ease of use important to you? Do you want to shoot video? Do you want to shoot video? How much weight and bulk do you want to carry? How much weight and bulk do you want to carry? Need to capture fast action? Consider frames per second. Need to capture fast action? Consider frames per second. How many pixels do you need? (More pixels allow for cropping capability and larger prints, but they will fill up your hard drive faster!) How many pixels do you need? (More pixels allow for cropping capability and larger prints, but they will fill up your hard drive faster!)

8 Feeling overwhelmed by the myriad of choices and confusing terms? Here’s a great starter article for “newbies” on a popular digital photography site: dslr_buying_guide_01.htm dslr_buying_guide_01.htm *Images used in my presentation are from this great article by Dpreview.

9 The same digital photography site offers even more help: A glossary for unfamiliar terms A glossary for unfamiliar terms Reviews on individual cameras & lenses Reviews on individual cameras & lenses Sample images Sample images Features and articles Features and articles Camera feature search Camera feature search Side-by-side comparisons… & more Side-by-side comparisons… & more

10 Buying your first digital SLR? “Entry level” DSLR cameras provide extra guidance for novices. While you learn, most have automatic settings and picture modes (similar to point and shoot cameras) that will help you take great shots.

11 Some ways to get started Learn how your friends, family members and other photographers like/rate their camera brands and models. Learn how your friends, family members and other photographers like/rate their camera brands and models. Take a digital photography class at a local community college. Take a digital photography class at a local community college. Join a club! QC Photography Club and the Q-C Computer Society have both mentors and classes. Join a club! QC Photography Club and the Q-C Computer Society have both mentors and classes.

12 Some ways to get started (continued) Read online or magazine reviews about the “best” or most popular camera styles or brands. Read online or magazine reviews about the “best” or most popular camera styles or brands. Visit online sites that help you match your needs to cameras, such as cameras Visit online sites that help you match your needs to cameras, such as camerashttp://www.bestinclass.com/digital- camerashttp://www.bestinclass.com/digital- cameras Do your homework and enough research to develop a “short list” BEFORE heading to a store.

13 Where to buy? Does a friend have one you could examine? Does a friend have one you could examine? Big box stores may have a limited selection on display. Help from staff may be limited. Big box stores may have a limited selection on display. Help from staff may be limited. Local camera stores may have better selections and more knowledgeable staff. Local camera stores may have better selections and more knowledgeable staff. Compare prices. Local cost may be pretty close to buying online. Some area stores will match sale prices at other local outlets. Compare prices. Local cost may be pretty close to buying online. Some area stores will match sale prices at other local outlets. See cameras in person before a purchase

14 Where to buy cameras locally Sam’s Club Cameras are usually bundled with a “kit lens” and small accessories. Sam’s Club Cameras are usually bundled with a “kit lens” and small accessories. Sam’s Club Sam’s Club Big box stores Best Buy, Target, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Max) Big box stores Best Buy, Target, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Max) Best BuyTargetKmartWal-Mart StaplesOffice Max Best BuyTargetKmartWal-Mart StaplesOffice Max The Camera Corner, Davenport The Camera Corner, Davenport The Camera Corner The Camera Corner All have catalogs online to check prices and features.

15 Sites suggested to me for online purchases B&H Photo: B&H Photo: Amazon.com Amazon.com Canon Direct Store (See refurbished equipment especially) Canon Direct Store (See refurbished equipment especially) refurbished equipmenthttp://shop.usa.canon.com/refurbished equipmenthttp://shop.usa.canon.com/ Fred Miranda (Buy or SELL equipment here.) ttp://www.fredmiranda.com/store/ Fred Miranda (Buy or SELL equipment here.) ttp://www.fredmiranda.com/store/ ttp://www.fredmiranda.com/store/ Buying new, used or refurbished equipmentonline Buying new, used or refurbished equipment online has some advantages and disadvantages.

16 Reviews and Tutorials Google a phrase like “Canon T3i” review or “compare Canon T3i vs. Canon T4i” Google a phrase like “Canon T3i” review or “compare Canon T3i vs. Canon T4i” Also search for specific camera information, such as “Canon 60 D battery life”. Also search for specific camera information, such as “Canon 60 D battery life”. Amazon.com provides specs, good prices, free shipping for orders over $25 and extensive customer reviews. Amazon.com provides specs, good prices, free shipping for orders over $25 and extensive customer reviews. Amazon.com Use other Google searches to find tutorials, videos, or additional specifics. Use other Google searches to find tutorials, videos, or additional specifics.

17 Good site tips from others Camera size comparisons: Camera size comparisons: Canon Price watch: Canon Price watch: Compare any two cameras Nikon_D3100 Compare any two cameras Nikon_D3100 Nikon_D3100 Nikon_D3100 Forums on specific camera brands or topics may be very helpful! Google for them!

18 A perfect camera? IMHO, you will probably never find a PERFECT camera, even if you wait for the next generation of models to arrive. However, all the new digital cameras are amazing… whether you buy a point and shoot or a higher end DSLR. Just try to find one that meets your own priorities as closely as possible. Hope the tips I’ve learned while doing my research will help you too. BTW, I decided on a Canon 60 D from Camera Corner, but there are lots of other good choices out there! Have fun shopping! ~ Vicki Wassenhove

19 Digital SIG Announcements/Links from 10/22/12 Photo Walk Flickr Group Albums Photo Walk Flickr Group Albums Augie: Augie: East Village East Village “Galleries” created by VW to show sample photo walk images “Galleries” created by VW to show sample photo walk images Augie photo walk contest results are posted here: Mention of Recent Photo Ops in the Quad-Cities Balloon Launch in East Moline Balloon Launch in East Moline Did you see what I saw? (QC Photography Club event) Did you see what I saw? (QC Photography Club event) Antique Engine and Working Farm Shows – North of Geneseo Antique Engine and Working Farm Shows – North of Geneseo Auto Shows – Lots of them around the area are available Auto Shows – Lots of them around the area are available Cardboard Boat Regatta at Augustana. (See Augie Flickr group for shots.) Cardboard Boat Regatta at Augustana. (See Augie Flickr group for shots.) Fungi talk and hike at Blackhawk State Park. Held yearly every Oct? Fungi talk and hike at Blackhawk State Park. Held yearly every Oct?


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